Name: Liam James Payne
Born: August 29, 1993
Occupation: Singer, Song Writer, Producer
Liam James Payne is a 21-year-old singer with the British boy band One Direction. Like all his band mates, he began his career as a solo performer on British television’s The X Factor. The band was then created by the show’s producers and while it did not win, it went on to release four very successful albums with a fifth one in the works.
Promotion for the group has been nothing short of genius, with the band touring virtually non-stop since it was formed as well as recording fur albums and starring in their own documentary with director Morgan Spurlock. Speculation ran wild in August, 2015, that the band was splitting up after a source announced that in 2016 the band would take a hiatus.
Payne and several other band members said they are not splitting up and would record together again in the future, but that each of them wanted a break from touring and the opportunity to pursue their own music. The announcement came on the heels of Zayn Malik’s decision in March to leave the band. Malik claimed initially that he wanted to be a normal 22-year-old, but later signed a deal to record a solo album.
Before his X Factor debut, Payne has been signing for crowds for a decade. Payne is the third child of Geoff and Karen Payne, born three weeks early in August, 1993. His premie status led to health issues including severe kidney concerns early in his life, with Payne finally discovering in 2012 that his kidney was functioning properly again.
Payne’s other dream was running for the British Olympic Team. After narrowly missing a spot on the schools’ team when he was 14, he began to focus on singing instead. He originally auditioned for The X Factor that year, but producer Simon Cowell suggested he come back two years later, fearing the 14-year-old was not ready for the competition.
Payne was also accused in August 2015 of being heteronormative and homophobic after introducing a song about finding the perfect girl with the caveat that most of audience wouldn’t understand because more of them were girls. He later apologize on Twitter after trying to explain that he didn’t intend to offend or exclude anyone.
The 21-year-old singer has a projected net worth of about $30 million.
How much is $30 million?
With $30 million, Payne could afford to remake the One Direction movie three times.